How to customize your Windows 8 Start Screen

Windows 8 customization is still in its childhood. Because Windows 8 has a lot of its own so that users are still busy with the default settings. But if you are using it from beta stage then it’s the perfect time for you to try something else. That’s why Deviantart has Windows 8 Start Screen Customizer in its wealthy collection. This tool that will change your Windows 8 Start Screen background picture. And you don’t need to edit your imageres.dll file anymore.

Features of Windows 8 Start Screen Customizer-
  • You can choose a picture and select the area to be shown as background picture. 
  • You can select your pictures from any folder and set it as a sequence of background pictures. 
  • There is a blur effect available, it is slow and slower on bigger resolutions, but it might work for you. 
  • Tiles opacity can now be changed (not perfect though). 
  • You can revert to default background
  • You can set the StartScreen transparency 
  • You can set the rows of you tiles (limited by your screen resolution) 
  • You can run it on startup hidden, so you can see your custom background as soon as this tool starts 
If you want to try this then here is the download link for you.

How to shutdown Windows 8 easily and quickly

Windows 8 is awesome. Android there are lots of things to do here with lots of things. It will be handy only if you are familiar with those. Shutdown is one of the features you really need to look out. In pretty much every version of Windows prior to this one, you'd click Start, then Shut Down.

Windows 8 notoriously lacks a Start button, so obviously the old rules don't apply here. There are 3 or 4 ways to shut down your PC. But none of the methods are as quick as before. So I would highly recommend you to use a tiny shortcut to shut down your Windows 8 PC. Here’s how-

-> Navigate to the desktop. Right click on the desktop and select New Shortcut.

-> A shortcut menu appears. Enter shutdown /s /t 0 (zero) in the location box and hit Next.

-> Enter a name for the shortcut and click Finish. A new shortcut will appear on your desktop.

That’s it. But will be great if you assign a right icon for your shutdown task. So do as I say-
-> Right click on the shortcut and select Properties. A dialog box appears.

-> Click Change Icon under the Shortcut tab then Click Ok in warning box that says shutdown.exe contains no icons.
-> Select an Icon from the list of available images Click Ok twice (once to close the Change Icon window and once to close Properties window).

-> Your shortcut will now have an icon. It will be great for you if just click, hold and drag the icon to taskbar to create a one click shutdown button in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

-> If you want to make a similar retart button then all the procedure is same except the shortcut code which is “shutdown /r /t 0″.

Now i hope your Windows 8 or 8.1 life is happier than ever. happy computing. Feel free to ask anything you want.

HTC 8S arrives in the UK with £225 price tag

Windows 8 phone is steadily expanding its footprint around the globe. Most of the WP8 devices are too costly to taste. But HTC 8S isn’t one of them. This phone has arrived at the UK scene and is already available in several stores. 3 UK offer is the best of all. They are offering contract free HTC 8S for £180 and free with a two-year contract starting from £17/month. Deliveries start Monday, December 10. Clove UK also carry the HTC 8S but they have put a £225 price tag on it. Expansys UK and Amazon UK both have it at £240. That's for the Blue model, though Expansys has the other color options on pre-order. If you prefer to get the Windows Phone 8S on contract but not on Three, you can head over to Phones4u, which has offers for Vodafone (£21/month), Orange (£28.50/month) and T-Mobile (£36/month). http://www.gsmarena.com/htc_windows_phone_8s_arrives_in_the_uk_with_a_modest_price_tag-news-5173.php
 
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